Excerpted Introduction to The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book by Cynthia Morris
Hello! I am so happy you are reading this. It means you are taking steps to fulfill what may be a lifelong dream—to write a book. You have a message, work or story that must be shared, and you want to write the book that only you can write.
You are smart, you have something to say and you are ready to put it into form. And because you care deeply about your subject, you may be plagued with doubts and insecurities along the way. This happens to each and every one of us as we move closer to getting our ideas out of our head and onto paper.
You are also busy with your other roles. Chances are you are a mother and the head of your household. You run the ship—keeping food in the fridge, making sure everyone’s clothes are clean and presentable, ensuring that the bills get paid, the kids get to their activities, and that everything hums along seamlessly. If you aren’t doing all this yourself, you are responsible for hiring the help to make everything happen.
Perhaps you work outside the home. You are a career woman who has as many responsibilities at work as you do at home. It might seem impossible to write a book alongside all your other obligations. Yet you also know that it has to happen. Your big idea keeps pestering you like another child that needs attention.
For over two decades, I have been helping women just like you bring their books into the world. I have written eight books of my own and coached hundreds of writers to find their seat and write their words. I know the challenges you face to carve out time to write. Even though there are days when it seems your book is as far away as the summit of Mount Everest, I am certain it’s possible to write the book that’s inside you. Here’s what I know for sure:
If your idea persists beyond your objections, you must write this book. The pain of hoarding ideas and never executing them is soul crushing. It’s better to give things a try and see what happens than to always wonder if you could have written that book.
Your book doesn’t have to look like others’ books. It doesn’t have to be long and big. It just has to convey your message in your way and in your voice.
The process of writing your book has to suit you, your life and your needs. Whatever you commit to has to ultimately be connected to you and why you care. Part of the job is learning how to trust yourself and commit to your process—because if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work.
The work we do works us. We become something more when we dedicate ourselves to completing projects. Writing your book will transform you in ways you can’t imagine now. The process of writing your book will help you develop your voice and your confidence. Your rewards will be profound and will empower your other projects.
Writing a book takes time and it takes depth. You will be called to write from your truth and your experience. You have been building up to this, and you are ready. Your efforts will be rewarded.
Believe it or not, you have plenty of wisdom and skills that you can apply to writing a book. I am here to help you structure your time, focus and energy so you can get your book done.
You don’t want to waste time, and you want to know where you are going with this.
Why do I care if you write your book or not? I have loved books for as long as I can remember. As a girl, I would bring home stacks of books from the library every week. I still do! Books have taken me places and introduced me to new ideas and people. The books I have written have changed lives, including my own.
Books have inspired my imagination and grown me into the person I am today. I believe in the power of books to change the world, and I believe your book can change the world.
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